The Info List - Comet Over Broadway

Comet over Broadway (1938) is an American film starring Kay Francis and released by Warner Brothers. John Farrow
John Farrow
stepped in as director when Busby Berkeley
Busby Berkeley
became ill, but Farrow was uncredited on the film.[1]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production

3.1 Bette Davis 3.2 Shooting

4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Eve Appleton (Francis), wife of small-town garage owner Bill Appleton (Litel), has theatrical ambitions. Bill gets into an argument with a visiting actor over her, kills him accidentally, and is sent to prison. Eve, realizing her part in Bill's fate, vows to right matters, and taking her infant daughter, goes away to make her way in the theatre. Later, Eve is forced to leave her baby girl with her friend Mrs. "Tim" Adams (Gombell). Bert Ballin (Hunter) befriends her and they fall in love, but she moves abroad and becomes a star. Back in America, as the "Toast of Broadway", she is brought back to a realization of her former vows by Joe Grant (Crisp), her hometown lawyer. Cast[edit]

Kay Francis
Kay Francis
as Eve Appleton Ian Hunter as Bert Ballin John Litel
John Litel
as Bill Appleton Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
as Joe Grant Minna Gombell
Minna Gombell
as "Tim" Adams Sybil Jason as Jackie Appleton Melville Cooper
Melville Cooper
as Emerson Ian Keith
Ian Keith
as Wilton Banks Leona Maricle as Janet Eaton Ray Mayer as Brogan Vera Lewis
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Appleton Nat Carr as Haines Chester Clute as Willis Edward McWade
Edward McWade
as Harvey Clem Bevans
Clem Bevans
as Benson

Production[edit] Bette Davis[edit] Warners originally announced the project in May 1937 as a vehicle for Kay Francis
Kay Francis
based on a story by Faith Baidlwin.[2] In February 1938 the role was assigned to Bette Davis, who had just been in Jezebel. She was pulled off All Right's Reserved (which became Four's a Crowd) so she could take six weeks holiday.[3] William Keighley as assigned to direct.[4] George Brent
George Brent
and Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
who had both been in Jezebel were assigned to the cast. Kay Francis
Kay Francis
went into My Bill
My Bill
(1938) directed by John Farrow.[5][6] Ian Keith, Walter Abel
Walter Abel
(borrowed from RKO), and Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
were set to co star and the film was meant to start shooting in early April 1938.[7] But Davis was unhappy with the film. "This was the first nothing script I was given since my court battle in England," Davis later recalled, referring to the lawsuit in which she tried to win her freedom from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
after being forced to appear in a series of mediocre films. "It was heartbreaking to me. After winning a second Academy Award . . . I was asked to appear again in junk." [8] Conferences were held to see if the script could be altered to her satisfaction. On March 30, with the film to start on Monday, Davis refused to make the movie claiming it was not up to the standard set by Jezebel.[9] Warners sent the script to Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne
to see if she would do it.[10] Warners pulled Davis out of her new project We Are Not Alone.[11] On 1 April Warners put Davis on suspension. She claimed she was ill but would have made the effort to appear in a film if it had been more than a "routine Cinderella yarn... Had it been The Life of Sarah Bernhardt or Maximillian and Carlotta, both of which have been scheduled for me, I would have attempted to go to the studio, but I did not feel justified in jeopardizing my health on behalf of such an atrocious script."[12] Keighley was assigned to another movie.[13] The same week, Dick Powell
Dick Powell
was suspended by Warners for refusing a part in Garden of the Moon.[14] Warners lodged a complaint against Davis with the Screen Actors Guild, who said they needed time to investigate the matter properly.[15] Davis opted to go on suspension and remained on suspension when the studio offered her Garden of the Moon, a Busby Berkeley
Busby Berkeley
musical, instead. "I was on suspension for a good part of the year following Jezebel. So much wasted time at a time when I felt my career could from then on become a truly successful one . . . It took a lot of courage to go on suspension. One received no salary . . . I couldn't afford it, nor could I afford, career-wise, to make films such as Comet Over Broadway and Garden of the Moon!" [8] By the end of April, Davis and Hal Wallis, head of production at Warners, agreed on a truce and Davis' next film for Warners would be The Sisters (1938).[16] Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins
was cast in the lead.[17] A week later she dropped out to do another film and the lead role was given to the original star, Kay Francis. Busby Berkley
Busby Berkley
was assigned to direct.[18] Shooting[edit] Filming started July 1938.[19] The film's title was changed during production to Curtain Call then was changed back to Comet Over Broadway.[20] References[edit]

^ "Comet Over Broadway".  ^ WARNERS TO MAKE 60 FEATURE FILMS. (1937, May 12). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102323069?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Feb 02). COLMAN TO STAR IN 'IF I WERE KING'. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102652280?accountid=13902 ^ Schallert, E. (1938, Mar 18). Variety of stories lined up for muni. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/164824975?accountid=13902 ^ Schallert, E. (1938, Mar 23). McLaglen will star in "hell's kitchen". Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/164827613?accountid=13902 ^ Schallert, E. (1938, Mar 29). Nina koshetz engaged for "algiers" role. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/164791345?accountid=13902 ^ Schallert, E. (1938, Mar 30). Directors may film controversial themes. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/164800544?accountid=13902 ^ a b Stine, Whitney, and Davis, Bette, Mother Goddam: The Story of the Career of Bette Davis. New York: Hawthorn Books 1974. ISBN 0-8015-5184-6, pp.101-104 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Mar 31). NEWS OF THE SCREEN. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102591273?accountid=13902 ^ Schallert, E. (1938, Apr 01). Hull considered for "northwest passage". Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/164837874?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Apr 01). NEWS OF THE SCREEN. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102601513?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Apr 02). NEWS OF THE SCREEN. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102673962?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Apr 08). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102652916?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Apr 04). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102655196?accountid=13902 ^ HIGHLIGHTS IN THE STUDIO NEWS. (1938, Apr 10). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102593564?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Apr 30). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102594729?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Jul 05). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102375946?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Jul 12). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102538062?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Jul 14). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102375648?accountid=13902 ^ Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1938, Sep 22). SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/102542408?accountid=13902

External links[edit]

Comet Over Broadway on IMDb Comet Over Broadway at TCM Database

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Films directed by John Farrow

The Spectacle Maker (1934) (short) Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Escapes
(1936) (partial) Men in Exile (1937) West of Shanghai
West of Shanghai
(1937) She Loved a Fireman (1937) Broadway Musketeers (1938) Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938) The Invisible Menace (1938) My Bill
My Bill
(1938) Comet Over Broadway (1938) (uncredited) Women in the Wind
Women in the Wind
(1939) The Saint Strikes Back
The Saint Strikes Back
(1939) Sorority House (1939) Five Came Back
Five Came Back
(1939) Full Confession
Full Confession
(1939) Reno (1939) A Bill of Divorcement (1940) Married and in Love (1940) Wake Island (1942) Commandos Strike at Dawn
Commandos Strike at Dawn
(1942) China (1943) The Hitler Gang
The Hitler Gang
(1944) You Came Along
You Came Along
(1945) Two Years Before the Mast (1946) California (1947) Blaze of Noon
Blaze of Noon
(1947) Calcutta (1947) Easy Come, Easy Go (1947) Beyond Glory
Beyond Glory
(1948) The Big Clock (1948) Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
(1948) Red, Hot and Blue (1949) Alias Nick Beal (1949) Where Danger Lives
Where Danger Lives
(1950) Copper Canyon (1950) Submarine Command
Submarine Command
(1951) His Kind of Woman
His Kind of Woman
(1951) Ride, Vaquero!
Ride, Vaquero!
(1953) Hondo (1953) Plunder of the Sun
Plunder of the Sun
(1953) Botany Bay (1953) A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) The Sea Chase
The Sea Chase
(1955) Back from Eternity
Back from Eternity
(1956) The Unholy Wife
The Unholy Wife
(1957) John Paul Jones (1959)

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Busby Berkeley: Choreographer and director

Broadway pre-Hollywood

Holka Polka (chor, 1925) The Wild Rose (chor, 1926) Lady Do (chor, 1927) A Connecticut Yankee (chor, 1927) White Eagle (chor, 1927) Present Arms (chor, 1928) Earl Carroll's Vanities (1928) (chor, 1928) Good Boy (chor, 1928) Rainbow (chor, 1928) Hello, Daddy (chor, 1928) Pleasure Bound (chor, 1929) A Night in Venice (chor, 1929) Broadway Nights (chor, 1929) The Street Singer (dir & prod, 1929) Nine-Fifteen Revue (chor, 1930) The International Review (chor, 1930) Sweet and Low (chor, 1930)


Whoopee! (chor, 1930) Kiki (chor, 1931) Palmy Days
Palmy Days
(chor, 1931) Flying High (chor, 1931) Sky Devils
Sky Devils
(chor, 1932) Girl Crazy (chor, 1932) Night World (chor, 1932) Bird of Paradise (chor, 1932) The Kid From Spain (chor, 1932) 42nd Street (chor, 1933) Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
(chor, 1933) She Had to Say Yes
She Had to Say Yes
(dir, 1933) Footlight Parade
Footlight Parade
(chor, 1933) Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(chor, 1933) Dames
(dir mus nmbrs, 1934) Fashions of 1934
Fashions of 1934
(chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1934) Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
(chor, 1934) Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935
(dir & chor, 1935) Bright Lights (dir, 1935) I Live for Love
I Live for Love
(dir & chor, 1935) In Caliente (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1935) Stars Over Broadway (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1935) Stage Struck (dir, 1936) Varsity Show (dir finale, 1937) The Singing Marine
The Singing Marine
(chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1937) Gold Diggers of 1937
Gold Diggers of 1937
(dir mus nmbrs, 1937) The Go Getter (dir, 1937) Hollywood Hotel (dir & chor, 1937) Men Are Such Fools
Men Are Such Fools
(dir, 1938) Gold Diggers in Paris (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1938) Garden of the Moon (dir, 1938) Comet Over Broadway (dir, 1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(dir finale, 1939) They Made Me a Criminal
They Made Me a Criminal
(dir, 1939) Fast and Furious (dir, 1939) Babes in Arms (dir, 1939) The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow's dance-cut, 1939)


Forty Little Mothers
Forty Little Mothers
(dir, 1940) Strike Up The Band (dir, 1940) Blonde Inspiration (dir, 1941) Lady Be Good (dir mus nmbrs, 1941) Ziegfeld Girl (dir mus nmbrs, 1941) Babes on Broadway
Babes on Broadway
(dir, 1941) For Me and My Gal (dir, 1942) Calling All Girls (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1942) Born to Sing (dir finale, 1942) Cabin in the Sky (dir "Shine" seq, 1943) The Gang's All Here (dir & chor, 1943) Three Cheers for the Girls (chor, 1943) Girl Crazy (dir "I Got Rhythm", 1943) All Star Musical Revue (dir mus nmbrs, 1945) Cinderella Jones
Cinderella Jones
(dir, 1946) Romance on the High Seas
Romance on the High Seas
(chor, 1948) Take Me Out to the Ball Game (dir, 1949)


Annie Get Your Gun (dir-cut, 1950) Big Town (dir TV series, 1950) Weeks With Love (chor, 1950) Call Me Mister (chor, 1951) Ticket to Broadway (chor, 1951) Million Dollar Mermaid (chor, 1952) Small Town Girl (chor, 1953) Easy to Love (chor, 1953) Rose Marie (chor, 1954)


Billy Rose's Jumbo
Billy Rose's Jumbo
(chor & dir 2nd